How Men Can Prioritize Mental Health in 2021

Mental Health

Even in the year 2021, mental health issues still carry a stigma. This tendency to sweep things under the rug has real-life consequences. One study found that men, in particular, are less likely to seek help for their mental health issues.  It’s time that men have an open and honest discussion about these issues and embrace the tools to take charge of their state of mind. Check out these easy tips on how to prioritize your mental health. 


Do Some Mindfulness Meditation Exercises 


A great way to boost your mental health is to set some time every day for meditation. There’s a wide array of mindfulness exercises out there to choose from that can help you gain some clarity and knowledge into what is at the root of your emotions. On top of that, meditation can help with your concentration and make you more patient and thoughtful in your relationships. Do you feel like you’re easily distracted? Well, meditation can help. With smartphone apps, you don’t have to go to a class or a retreat — you can relax and unwind from the comfort of your home. 


Regularly Exercise 


Sometimes what you need are simple, straightforward daily routines to add some structure to your life. It’s been shown that exercise can decrease anxiety and depression while giving your cognitive function and sense of self-esteem a boost.  The great thing about exercising is that you have a lot of freedom to choose what you want to do. Whether you want to get into weightlifting or cardio, there are numerous online classes readily available. 




Prioritize Healthy Friendships and Relationships 


One study found that people who have more social interactions tend to be happier.  It’s important to sustain relationships that are fulfilling and bringing you genuine joy. Stay in touch with coworkers, friends, and family members who affirm your happiness and want what’s best for you. Not all relationships are worth keeping. Especially when you’re suffering from mental health issues, you should consider which relationships are worth 


sustaining. If someone is a toxic influence on your life, it may be time to cut them off for good. 


Cut Back On Media Habits 


Sometimes what you need is to disconnect and focus on what’s happening in the here and now. Are you spending too much time on social media? Set a time limit on your smartphone that blocks you from those apps. Though social media can be great for connecting you with people you haven’t spoken to in a while, it can also distract you and cause you to feel like you’re perpetually missing out. It’s okay to take a break and then return once you’re ready. 



Reach Out To Get Help


There’s not a one size fit all approach for your mental health. To overcome anxiety, you may need to embrace various tools and activities. If you feel like you’re generally feeling worse, you should reach out to a professional to get help.  Plenty of people have gone through the same thing so it’s important to not feel alone. Talk to a friend or a family member who can support you during this difficult time and help you find a psychologist or psychiatrist. 



When you’re really busy, it’s easy to forget about mental health. However, mental health issues are crucial to finding success. Your emotional wellbeing can have an impact on your job, relationships, and general health. We all need to be more open about how we are feeling and tell those around us when we’re going through a particularly tough time. Though it can be uncomfortable at first, things can get better when you take the proper steps to take charge of your happiness. 


References:

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/men-and-mental-health/index.shtml

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1470658/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/ulterior-motives/201809/happiness-and-social-interaction



 
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